The menus all look pretty good though, and navigating around with the supplied remote control is more of a pleasure than a chore. We think the player's very well set-up to handle interactive Blu-ray content too, proving much snappier than other players we've seen.
We're also pleased to see that Samsung has managed to make this player even faster than the BD-P4600. We inserted Vantage Point, and the player was up and running in just 41 seconds, compared to the BD-P4600's 43.5. That makes the BD-P3600 the fastest Blu-ray player we've ever tested, and the first to beat the PlayStation 3.
The Samsung BD-P3600 delivers the analogue 7.1 audio out that the BD-P4600 lacks. If the LG BD370 hadn't come along in the meantime, we might have really fallen for this machine, but the LG's excellent media-playback capability makes the BD-P3600 look like a significantly worse deal.
That said, if you buy the BD-P3600, we think you'll be very happy indeed. It's sturdy, quick to load Blu-ray discs and offers excellent picture quality. Besides adding some decent media-playback options, there's not much that we'd change.
Edited by Charles Kloet